AFN Hosting National Housing and Infrastructure Forum

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Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

MONTREAL – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will convene a national Housing and Infrastructure Forum to be held October 30 – November 1 in Montreal, Quebec. The Forum provides an opportunity for First Nations leaders and experts to dialogue ways to tackle this area of critical need and showcase innovative models and new approaches to housing, infrastructure, and drinking water.

Delegates will discuss the concept of a First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy and options for First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure. This is a long-standing and urgent priority. Census data released by Statistics Canada this week indicates that one-quarter of the First Nations population lives in a house that is in need of major repairs, with 44.2 percent of them on-reserve. Over-crowding was identified as another major problem with one-quarter of First Nations people living in crowded housing, with those on-reserves at a rate of 36.8 percent.

DATE:                               Monday, October 30 to Wednesday, November 1, 2017

LOCATION:                     Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

                                           900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montreal, QC

The 2017 National Housing & Infrastructure Forum is open to media and to the public.

The full Forum agenda is available online: http://www.afn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Housing-Forum-Provisional-Agenda_EN.pdf